Everett Stone: A birth story

Thursday, December 1

*photos in this post {except the ones above} were taken by our amazing Midwife/nurses. We didn't ask them to. But we'll never be able to thank them enough for just picking up our camera and documenting these first moments for us. Such an unexpected gift.

I went into early labor 9 days before Everett was born. The night the contractions started, we were at home with pizza and a funny movie. By the time the movie was over, my contractions had been painful and 5 minutes apart for over an hour. Because of the movie, I ended up laughing my way through them. Sounds nice. Not actually recommended. Ouch. I was only at the end of 35 weeks, so the sudden contractions came as a complete surprise. I had a feeling that he would come early, but I didn't think it was going to be THIS early. Regardless, we decided to head in to the birthing center to see what was going on just in case this was IT. I've never seen Tyson move so quickly. The ultimate cliche daddy-to-be ... running all over the house, stumbling into his clothes, grabbing items for our hospital stay and stuffing them into a duffel bag while I tried to relax in the bathtub. Every few minutes he would run downstairs to check on me and kiss me and tell me how excited he was. Though we were both telling ourselves, "there is no WAY." Finally I got dressed and off we went to the Birthing Center.

We stayed there until 4am on the monitors. My contractions were indeed regular and intense, but I was only dilated 1 cm, so they sent us home. And thus the 9 days of labor began. Painful contractions, 5-7 minutes apart for that period of time can do a number on ya. There was not much sleeping, a lot of breathing, a lot of trying to relax and a lot of walking. Sometimes I would lay down, but when your body's working and shifting and contracting that hard, laying still seems like the worst kind of torture. It felt good to move my hips, so I spent my days on the birthing ball and {with the approval of my midwife} finding excuses to walk. Anywhere. Pacing my living room floor, at the grocery store where I would bend over my cart /my mom to breath during contractions or bundling up in sweats and walking the neighborhood at night. More than a few times, this is where I would cry under the street lamps and emphatically inform Tyson that I could not do it anymore. That I was so tired. That I would give anything just to get this baby the heck out of me. That I was sure I was going to die by contractions. He held me and simply told me that he loved me and that I could do it. I told him he could have the next one.

My mom came up that week. She got me through. While Tyson was at work, she made me tea and gave me back rubs and cooked me two steaks a day with lots of vegetables to help keep my iron levels up. Could not have done it without her emotional and physical support that week. Thank you mama. I love you.

Finally, it was time for my next midwife appointment. I was 36 weeks. By that time, I'd been laboring for a week and was about ready to punch someone if they told me I hadn't made any progress. Luckily, I had. 4 cm dilated and 90% effaced. I actually could have kissed the woman. That meant that as soon as my contractions got closer together, it was going to be baby time! It didn't seem real. 3 more days went by. I was 36 weeks and 5 days. It was the worst kind of waiting game. With no changes in sight, I pretty much resigned myself to be in that laboring state for the next 3 weeks. Until Saturday night, October 29th at 8pm when I went to the bathroom and discovered that birth was imminent. Not two minutes later, the contractions hit hard. 1-2 minutes apart and 4 minutes long. This was it! Hallelujah!

While Tyson rushed around the house {again} gathering our last minute hospital items, I sat on my birthing ball, put my headphones in, listened to my hypnobirthing relaxation scripts and tried to get a handle on the pain. I had trained for this for months. I had real-life practice for 9 long days. I was desperate to meet my little boy. I was ready.

When we got to the Birthing Center, I was checked at 5 cm, 100% effaced and immediately admitted. Because Everett was coming 2 days prior to 37 weeks, as we got to our room they hooked me up to a wireless monitor to measure my contractions and a heart monitor for baby. I changed into my robe, turned on my music and tried to relax. I breathed. And sometimes made strange, loud noises that not even I recognized. Tyson didn't leave my side. He whispered constant encouraging affirmations, let me squeeze his hand until I'm sure his fingers nearly fell off and filled my constant request for more Popsicles, more juice and more water.
It wasn't too long before I requested to get in the tub. That magical, blissful, gift-straight-from-heaven tub. I stayed there for most of my 13 hour labor. It was soothing. But the kind of soothing that's an ice pack for someone who's just had their arm chopped off. I can't really describe the pain I felt. It's one of those things you just have to experience. It was deep and powerful and consuming. It was this giant mountain in front of me - a mountain I was required to scale every 45 seconds. I had practiced my relaxation breath for months. And I had used it successfully for days during early labor. But I think that if Tyson hadn't been there to remind me of that, I could have altogether forgotten. He kept me on track. He did my breathing with me. He spoke positive affirmations. And told me that he loved me more than anything for bringing this life into the world. That was really sweet. I told him to be quiet. And then to go away so I could be alone with the pain in the bathroom.

It had been 9 hours.

At that point it was 5am and I wanted to know how far along I'd progressed. I was so tired. And from the intensity of my labor, I knew for sure I was at a 9 or a 10. Our midwife checked me. "You're doing so good" she said, "but you're still at at 7"

I cried. Sobbed actually. And got back in the tub as I met another contraction. And then even more. Suddenly it felt like something broke. The weight of the last 9 days came crashing down on me. The pain, the physical and emotional exhaustion. I was suddenly outside myself. So overcome by the pain, it felt as if I wasn't part of the experience anymore. The contractions were coming so quickly now and so intensely, I no longer had time to catch my breath and delve into relaxation anymore. And the thought that I still had 3 cm to go completely consumed me.

I remember yelling out, "I don't want to do this anymore! I can't focus! I can't breath! I'm DONE" I felt like I wasn't present in the experience. And I wanted so desperately to be. I sobbed harder. And then I literally begged on my knees for an epidural.
No one ever tells you that actually getting the epidural might be worse than just enduring the rest of labor. The anesthesiologist came in and essentially said to me "Here, now bend your hugely pregnant body waaaaay over, touch your nose to your knees and hold completely still through five horrible contractions while I shoot a 6 inch needle up your back." But oh you know? It actually was worth it. Half hour later, I could feel the contractions, but I wasn't consumed with the pain. And I got to sleep. SLEEEEP!! For a whole hour. And it was completely blissful. My body became calm and rejuvenated. Another hour later I was at a 10 and ready to push. Pushing was incredible. I could feel it. I could feel my sweet baby moving down. And I had the energy and state of mind to do it with him. I pushed for two hours. It was exhausting. But he started to crown. Between two contractions, I reached down and rubbed his soft little head. And immediately we heard his heart speed up on the monitor. It was the most rejuvinating moment. Suddenly I had all the energy in the world. He was so close and I wanted to meet him. NOW.

Finally, in the strangest combination of burning fire and rushing warmth, he was here. Tyson received him and all I heard was "oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh"
Tyson handed him to me and I was overwhelmed by the love I felt in that moment. I cried in pure bliss. This was him. This was the little person I had felt move and grow inside of me for the last 9 months. Who I had labored so long for. He was worth every second of the pain. He was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. And he was finally here. In my arms. Mine forever.
For the next two hours, I was not aware of much besides my little baby boy. I know that I finished the delivery and that the room bustled around us as the nurses cleaned up, but I really don't remember any of that. We were riveted by him. He didn't cry - just opened his eyes with this sweet little scrunchy face I'll never forget. Not 15 minutes after his birth, we were alone. The warm morning light leaked through the windows and I felt this peace settle around us. The three of us. Our little family. That moment shared together is too precious for words. But I don't think I've ever felt so much love in my life. I was sure my heart would burst.
My birth was everything I didn't know I wanted. I got to experience every side of labor. The side of "using relaxation and my birth breath" to get through 9 days and 9 hours, the side of "nevermind, my body's trying to kill me. I would rather yell really loudly right now, thank you", and the side of "ah. I'm back! I'm ME!! Bless you epi. I'm ready to meet my baby." It wasn't what I expected. It wasn't part of the plan. Pretty sure I should stop making those actually. But it turns out, it was exactly what I wanted. What we wanted. {Lemme tell you, I think Tyson might have actually been happier than I was when I decided to get the epidural.}
And of course, we had our happy ending - the little boy of my dreams. But then, I guess it's not the end at all.

442 Response to Everett Stone: A birth story

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December 01, 2011 11:11 AM

That was so amazing to read, lady. Thanks for sharing your story. I haven't had any children, yet, so your honest story was fascinating. And the pictures! Oh, the pictures are perfect!

December 01, 2011 11:11 AM

syd. + tys.

i'm in love with this story. it's absolutely perfect and is so honest about your whole experience. the pictures are some of the most beautiful ones i have ever seen -- and not just because of the people, but because they are completely pure and true.

thank you for sharing your intimate story with all of us!

December 01, 2011 11:11 AM

oh my word, I dont even know you and I'm crying after seeing these pictures!!! Someone really knew how to capture the most amzing moments on camera. Thanks for sharing:)


December 01, 2011 11:13 AM

This is such an amazing, beautiful story! I literally started crying.. and I'm at work! Thank you so so so much for sharing!


December 01, 2011 11:14 AM

Thanks for sharing your story...it brought me to tears!

December 01, 2011 11:19 AM

what an amazing story and the pictures are amazing, i'm due in 8days and I can't tell you how heart warming that story was. I hope to get to capture all the moments like yall!! Congrats!!

December 01, 2011 11:19 AM

so beautiful!! i had my baby nine months ago and I have already forgotten the pain and hard work it took to bring her into this world. this brought back a rush of memories. congratulations! you are radiating in these photos!

December 01, 2011 11:29 AM

It is amazing the strength that we possess as woman to not only endure, but celebrate the gift that labor is. The wisdom that comes with bringing a baby into the world with it's sweetness and pain. My little one's are growing up so quickly, but I can immediately pull myself back to the visceral experience of both of the labor memories. Both completely different but equally memorable. I feel that there is a wisdom born with birthing a baby into the world. A wisdom that bestows itself in the eyes of a new mama. With the birth of the baby comes that wisdom. As you so eloquently stated, it isn't something to be understood until you experience it. Welcome to the world of being a mama. What a wild ride it is!

Congrats to you and your new little family!



December 01, 2011 11:32 AM

This is such a sweet and beautiful story I almost cried at my desk reading it. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family and support system. And those photos? How awesome that they took them for you! What a wonderful gift to give little E someday. Congratulations!!

PS - for 9+ days of labor and one hour of sleep, you look gorgeous!

December 01, 2011 11:33 AM

In the end we all have a baby no matter how we got there. I've had three, two with epidural, one with nothing. I have to say being relaxed and painfree is the way to go. Nobody gets a special prize for doing it drug free. All that matters is that baby that you get to see for the first time when it's all over and yours looks perfect!

December 01, 2011 11:34 AM

Oh my goodness this is amazing! You're such a trooper and Everett is soooo cute:) I'm so happy for you guys!
Lots of love xxxxx

December 01, 2011 11:38 AM

oh i love it. a great story indeed. i don't think it's bad to have a plan but to also be open to what you need to do. sounds like you did. sleep and energy is important! congrats on your beautiful baby boy. and what a great name you gave him. you can officially feel like super woman now. :) and can you believe that it only gets better from here? Well it does.


December 01, 2011 11:39 AM

this was undoubtedly the most beautiful thing i've read in awhile. it makes me excited to one day experience this. not the pain, but the beauty and excitement and love.

December 01, 2011 11:41 AM

Wow, I'm single with no children, and I was crying from this post. It's SO beautiful and well-written. Congrats, congrats, congrats!

December 01, 2011 11:48 AM

What a beautiful story. It makes me think back to when I had my two boys. You have a beautiful family and have fun!

December 01, 2011 11:50 AM

such-a-beautiful post.

My eyes were filled with tears, at I sipped my coffee and read this post.

So beautiful. I can't wait for a birth story of my own.

What a blessing.

December 01, 2011 11:55 AM

So SO sweet! I love reading labor stories. And being 40 weeks pregnant myself, I was an emotional wreck reading yours. :)

December 01, 2011 11:56 AM

You gave me goosebumps Sydney. Goosebumps! What an amazing story! Thanks for sharing =)
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December 01, 2011 11:57 AM

bah! i loved reading this! it was amazing. i loved it. thanks for sharing! he is perfect. the pictures are priceless. you are so lucky to have them. you look great, too. i didn't labor for 9 days and i looked like crap. you look amazing! congrats again to your sweet fam :)

December 01, 2011 12:02 PM

This is amazing. I'm 18 weeks along and reading this made me so excited to give birth and meet my little guy. Everett is beautiful. Congrats.


December 01, 2011 12:03 PM

it took me forever to read this cause I just couldn't stop crying ... you are a amazing story teller and what a sweet story!! those pictures are priceless ... I am in awwwe!!

December 01, 2011 12:14 PM

congratulations! it's beautiful to see you and tyson sharing so much joy for your little one :)

December 01, 2011 12:17 PM

Definitely cried through this...but in the best, most refreshing way possible. I can't thank you enough for sharing such a stunningly beautiful story...a sweet reminder for what's really important in this world.


December 01, 2011 12:18 PM

This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this story. And thanks for the heads up about the epidural :]


December 01, 2011 12:21 PM

What a beautiful story :)

December 01, 2011 12:23 PM

I think this story took me almost two hours to read because I was crying so hard. I love hearing birth stories, and having done it twice myself, I can relate to it all. What a beautiful experience that resulted in a beautiful being. Many blessings to your whole family :-)

December 01, 2011 12:25 PM

Awww thanks for sharing this very private and wonderful story with us. That was so heartwarming to read and i loved the pictures...especially the last one. You are so beautiful and your little boy too.

December 01, 2011 12:28 PM

Wow! Amazing story. I started getting watery eyes around the "our little family" part. Either I'm a giant baby or it was really that amazing! Thank you for sharing.

December 01, 2011 12:29 PM

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. I am a mother of a 6 month old boy and I also had a long and painful delivery, but you're right - it's all worth it and you forget the pain! Congrats and enjoy every second with your little one! P.S. Love your blog :)

December 01, 2011 12:31 PM

Wow, what a beautiful story. And you are so lucky to have those wonderful pictures! I actually started tearing up when I saw the ones of you holding him for the first time. What a wonderfully lucky girl you are. :)

December 01, 2011 12:39 PM

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The picture of you crying while holding Ev, and then picture of you and Ty looking at each other made me BAWL! Thank you for sharing.

December 01, 2011 12:43 PM

how sweet!

December 01, 2011 12:46 PM

Hey Sydney,

You just made me cry! They were happy tears though because your story is incredible. I really want to have babies one day and childbirth has been a long time fear of mine. Even though I can't begin to imagine the pain you went through, I feel so much more positive about it now and I'm not so scared. Thank you.

I have read your blog for about a year now and I can't even begin to say how much you have inspired me.

Lots of love to you, Tyson and little Everett

December 01, 2011 12:54 PM

This was a beautiful story & you were blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Congrats to you and your family! :)

December 01, 2011 12:59 PM

What an incredibly happy and beautiful story! Thanks for sharing! So excited to have one of my own! :)


December 01, 2011 1:01 PM

thank you for sharing your beautiful story! I had to stem the tears. I am so happy for you and your little family. :)

December 01, 2011 1:07 PM

This is THE most beautiful thing I have ever read, it literally brought me to tears. God bless your beautiful little family!

December 01, 2011 1:07 PM

congrats on your new baby boy! he's beautiful! i'm now officially really scared to have children now though >,< i was also a bit curious as to who took pictures of the delivery - they're lovely pictures! and what a great way to remember such a memorable day! :D and i swear you look gorgeous no matter what the occasion!!

December 01, 2011 1:12 PM

this post is just so beautiful, scary, exhilarating, and heartfelt all at the same time. i can't tell if this makes me excited to have a baby or not. but like you said, it's all worth it in the end. what a beautiful family of three :)
xo TJ

December 01, 2011 1:13 PM

Oh my goodness. I cried syd. This is beautiful. The love Ty showed you in helping you along an encouraging you is so sweet. And you made it through the pain for so long! I'm so proud of you. And those pictures are all so precious. Especially the one where you're crying when you hold him for he first time. I'm so happy for you and your sweet sweet husband :)

December 01, 2011 1:23 PM

Beautiful. You'll be so happy you documented this--and how nice to have those special pictures.

December 01, 2011 1:26 PM

It always surprises me how much I cry reading birth stories. I think it just gives me this sense of Hell Yeah! Women rock! and even though I am no where near ready to even CONSIDER having a baby (i'm a single 20 year old college student) it makes me feel like Oh I can SOO do that someday!! Thanks for your sharing, and hello beautiful Everett!

December 01, 2011 1:30 PM

the picture of you holding Everett for the first time... absolutely melted my heart! We are deciding whether of not to have a baby right now, I want so badly to feel that amount of love. How absolutely mind blowing.

December 01, 2011 1:33 PM

wow, what an amazing story! i'm 36 weeks pregnant, so the beginning kind of freaked me out. but i'm glad to know it was worth the pain in the end. congratulations on a successful delivery and a healthy baby boy!

December 01, 2011 1:35 PM

What an exciting new chapter in your lives! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful (and realistic!) story.

December 01, 2011 1:38 PM

such a BEAUTIFUL birthday story!!! it brought me back to when i had my son. you write so beautifully and it brings tears to my eyes. so happy you had such a wonderful experience and get to have that little boy forever!!

and what a special gift to have such gorgeous pictures of the birth!! such a blessing!

December 01, 2011 1:43 PM

Beautiful, perfect and amazing birth! You did a great job and looked beautiful Sydney!! Everett is just beautiful too. Enjoy every second because it goes so fast!!

That is amazing that they photographed you guys too, what a wonderful gift!

December 01, 2011 1:43 PM

this is the best birth control EVER.

December 01, 2011 1:44 PM

Syndey, that was beautiful. Thank you for sharing. The two pictures where they are handing Everett to you and you're crying as so wonderful. They made me cry. I am starting to cry just thinking of them. You can see your joy, your exhaustion, your love, your expression of "it's YOU! FINALLY!" is so raw and sweet. Congratulations.

December 01, 2011 1:50 PM

I read this though my phone at Subway... I'm pretty sure everyone looked at me when I started cryin haha

December 01, 2011 1:53 PM

Beautiful story and gorgeous pictures. You are all such a lovely family! I am not gonna lie, I am now a little bit scared for childbirth whenever it comes into my future... but I am sure it is worth it!

December 01, 2011 2:00 PM

this literally brought tears to my eyes. those pictures of you holding him for the first time are incredible. that is so wonderful that your midwife and nurses took them for you! congratulations to you and your husband on your little boy. :)

December 01, 2011 2:23 PM

Is it weird that this actually makes me excited to have a baby? lol Not for the pain, but for the experience you go through with your husband and that moment of overwhelming, unbelievable joy you feel when you see YOUR baby! Thanks for sharing your birth story, it's so beautiful!

xo Leah.

December 01, 2011 2:28 PM

Love everything about this post!!!
I feel like to be mum!!!

December 01, 2011 2:33 PM

So incredibly and absolutely beautiful!!!!

I just love the photos of you meeting Everett. They brought tears to my eyes and made me relive the moment of my childrens births. The joy that everyone should experience.


December 01, 2011 2:37 PM

Thanks for sharing this, I loved your birth story! I recently (8 months ago) had my first baby, and did hypnobirthing as well. I loved hypno, it made my pregnancy so much more relaxing and calmed a lot of fears I had. And my experience turned out much like yours! 30 hours of labor was not what I expected! (Except I shouldn't compare, because 9 days?! That's much worse than 30 hours!) 17 hours into my labor I gave in and had the epidural. And it was heaven! I was able to take a nap, I was laughing and joking with my husband, I could relax and be aware of what was going on. Things never do work out like we plan, but they always work out the way they should! Congrats to you and your sweet little family, and good luck! There really isn't anything better then being a mama. :)

December 01, 2011 2:38 PM

Beautifully told!! Every birth experience is so sacred whether its your first or 5th child! I very vividly remember the morning I gave birth to my first child, also a boy! It's an experience that will remain with you for an eternity:) Thank you for sharing your event with the world, it was beautiful!! Congrats again, Everett is so handsome:)

December 01, 2011 2:50 PM

Thank you for sharing this most precious experience. I laughed and cried then laughed and cried some more. You have such a sweet family. I'm just so excited for you!

December 01, 2011 2:55 PM

I love this birth story. So beautiful. I had tears in my eyes as I imagined this journey of birthing your son. So incredible. Congrats again on your sweet gift from God.

December 01, 2011 2:59 PM

beautiful! thanks for sharing!

December 01, 2011 2:59 PM

Thanks for sharing. You are incredible.

December 01, 2011 3:03 PM

That was so beautiful! Really, I started crying when I saw the picture of you being handed your sweet baby! Thank you so much for sharing!

December 01, 2011 3:03 PM

In tears. That was beautiful and so moving. He is lucky to have a momma like you.

December 01, 2011 3:10 PM

OMG. Your story is amazing!
And I felt in the moment.

And those photos!!! OMG THE PHOTOS! They brought tears to my eyes! Irreplaceable moments. And they say so much more than words (although you did a great job).

LOVE. you should put this one in the baby book.

December 01, 2011 3:11 PM

your little boy was born on my due date, and I was a week late! Reading your story made me emotional remembering my own story. Congrats on being a momma, it really is the best, isn't it?

December 01, 2011 3:12 PM

You are a CHAMP! This story gives me so much encouragement and hope as I enter my 23rd week with our first little one! Congratulations. Great job, woman!

December 01, 2011 3:17 PM

This is such a wonderfully written story. And the pictures are amazing! YOur midwives did a wonderful job. Congrats!

December 01, 2011 3:23 PM

Dang, ma. I was teary eyed through out that whole BEAUTIFUL story. <3 My heart is smiling for you and your family. I cannot WAIT to have babies of my own!!! :D

December 01, 2011 3:24 PM

oh my goodness, I am in TEARS over here!! what a beautiful post. I am so in awe of what you went through and your perseverance, I can only imagine your husband feels that about 500 million times over!
everett is so blessed to have such wonderful parents <3

December 01, 2011 3:25 PM

you. are. incredible. that was the most beautifully written yet intense account i have ever read. wow. and those picture the midwives took are amazing! so nice. so proud!

December 01, 2011 3:25 PM

Your pictures are so beautiful!!! Amazing birth story!!

December 01, 2011 3:26 PM

Thank you for sharing your story with us. The pictures are beautiful. I cried.

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December 01, 2011 3:34 PM

I Cried like a baby, reading this!!!
Congratulations for your family!!!

The photos are Amazing, we can feel the LOVE!!!!

December 01, 2011 3:40 PM

What a moving story! Thanks for sharing your special experience. What a strong woman you are!

December 01, 2011 3:42 PM

i don't generally comment on birth stories, but i can't not on yours. just absolutely beautiful in so many ways. and that last photo of you and everett? amazing. you look SO happy.. not to mention gorgeous after such the process that labor and birth is.

you're a super mama, sydney. i can only aspire to be that one day.

December 01, 2011 3:47 PM

That was absolutely beautiful Sydney. I shared it with many others. How blessed you are to have Tys and sweet little E. I wish you lots of luck and happiness! and sweet moments :)

December 01, 2011 3:51 PM

I will be 36 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I'm still not a big crier, but this got me. And thanks for being so honest about how you felt. (As I still am trying to work for 2 more weeks to get the most maternity leave with baby possible, my water breaking at work is still a huge fear - eek.)

And man - your nurses are awesome photogs!

December 01, 2011 3:57 PM

So beautiful. This made me cry...those pictures are beyond precious!

December 01, 2011 4:05 PM

Thank you for sharing that! I've been waiting for it and it was beautiful! Painful, but beautiful! Your son is so precious and I love all these pictures! They are gorgeous! Your story made me cry especially seeing the pictures of you crying and holding him. To precious!


December 01, 2011 4:05 PM

Thank you for sharing that! I've been waiting for it and it was beautiful! Painful, but beautiful! Your son is so precious and I love all these pictures! They are gorgeous! Your story made me cry especially seeing the pictures of you crying and holding him. To precious!


December 01, 2011 4:06 PM

The story is beautiful but I have to say the photos truly tell the story! Your midwives did an amazing job at capturing the emotions involved and how much you and your husband are in love with eachother and your new son.. Congrats!! p.s I love the 2nd photo of your son with his mouth open. too cute!

December 01, 2011 4:13 PM

Oh, you guys. You are amazing. I loved reading about your experience, I've been wondering how it all went for you. And two thumbs up to your midwife/nurses and their mad photos skills. Beautiful photos to remember all of it.... the happy and the hard.
Congrats. I'm so happy for you guys and your handsome baby boy.

December 01, 2011 4:22 PM

Awe Girlie!! I loved this!! It totally brought tears to my eyes!! I think you are amazing that you tried without the epi- both times I was like give me the 13" needle!! xoxo

December 01, 2011 4:23 PM

Such a beautiful story with amazing photos!! Thank you for sharing!!!


December 01, 2011 4:29 PM

you are one remarkable lady. thanks for sharing something so precious and dear to you. and of course you look as beautiful even more so, now that you have your sweet ever to hold. love the photos and love the honesty that you write with on a daily basis.

your post on "timing" is still my favorite and has given me strength and comfort as i'm still waiting and trusting in His timing. thank you for being you and writing words that I needed to hear.


December 01, 2011 4:34 PM

I've been waiting for this post to hear how everything went and this is just more beautiful than I ever imagined it would be! Thank you, Sydney, for posting this and sharing your wonderful story and life with us. The pictures and just perfect, as is Everett. Congrats!

December 01, 2011 4:34 PM

so beautiful, thank you for sharing such a special part of your new addition!

xx, TFH

December 01, 2011 4:35 PM

wow, the first two pictures of you holding your Angel trully touched me!!! They are beautifull and I'm wishing nothing but the best for you and your family!!!

December 01, 2011 4:36 PM

this is seriously the sweetest/cutest/most wonderful thing i have ever read. it makes me want a baby right now. i should probably get married first though. but whatever (: just kidding. but really. I was almost late to class this morning because this post made me just want to keep reading your blog. So perfect.

December 01, 2011 4:45 PM

Omg this is the sweetest thing i've ever read!! It brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing this lovely story!

December 01, 2011 5:01 PM

---Faaaaabulous photos. Thank you for sharing. Soooo Beautiful.

December 01, 2011 5:05 PM

I cried! This is such a beautiful story and I hope to have a little family of my own one day; and I hope that I can experience that kind of true love.

You looked beautiful and I am so happy for you guys! :)

December 01, 2011 5:11 PM

"I told him he could have the next one"

Hilarious and heartwarming all at once.

Congrats again on the beautiful baby!

December 01, 2011 5:16 PM

I actually cried when I read Tyson's "oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh" reaction then saw the photo and it was like you could feel that feeling right there.
Such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations!!

December 01, 2011 5:20 PM

i literally cried reading this. what a beautiful experience.

December 01, 2011 5:21 PM

Thank you for taking the time to write all of that, for yourself and us readers.
I sat here at 20 weeks feeling my baby little boy kick as I cried and laughed reading your story.
Enjoy every second of mommyhood, your going to be great!

December 01, 2011 5:24 PM

what a lovely birth story! babies are so totally worth all the pain :D

Goodness you look amazing in those photos. I was only in labor for 1 day and I look like I was run over by a truck lol. You are amazing! :)

December 01, 2011 5:35 PM

Ok, crying. Such a beautiful story and WOW you are a trooper for going that long with contractions and no sleep! Those photos are amazing; makes me want to hire a birth photographer for my little one's birth in March.

Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy!!

December 01, 2011 5:47 PM

Thanks for sharing ! This is so toutching and it brought back all the memories for my first time becoming a mother. And let me tell you, the second time is still as amazing as the first one. I wish you and your little family a world of happiness !

December 01, 2011 5:57 PM

ohh ive been looking forward to this post!! I'm a midwife and it is soo humbling and heartwarming to hear such a personal reflaction on your birth story. we rarely get feedback once they move to the postnatal ward so it's lovely to hear all the positives (and the negatives!)
Massive congrats to you both.
And dont worry, first babies ALWAYS take their time!

December 01, 2011 6:03 PM

You are truly a strong woman. Amazing story. So happy for you!

December 01, 2011 6:24 PM

Those pictures of you holding your baby right away are the most beautiful pictures I have seen in my life.

So very precious.

December 01, 2011 6:30 PM

Beautiful pictures!!! I loved the post.


December 01, 2011 6:30 PM

Sydney, oh my gosh. At one point while reading your post, I was sobbing. Thank you for the details! That'll be me shouting for the epidural in four months and sometimes it scares the heck out of me. But seeing the look on your face when you saw Everett for the first time...oh man. I just know that moment will make it all worth it. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful story. Way to give birth! :)

December 01, 2011 6:44 PM

That was the most beautiful birth story ever and documented by unknown photographs. I love all of it. You are an amazing woman and a beautiful family. I truly am so happy for you!

December 01, 2011 6:49 PM

That was so beautiful to read! Wow. I felt like I was there with you!
And those pictures were awesome. Love those candid shots.
I had no idea though that you were in labor for so long! Wow.
You can definitely use information in the future :)

December 01, 2011 6:50 PM

It is so sweet of you to share your birthing story. I cried, obviously; it's so beautiful! I'm due with my first in April and trying to soak up all the birthing stories I can.

December 01, 2011 6:52 PM

Oh Sydney, thank you for making me cry- tears of joy! Godd Bless that little baby Boy xoxo

December 01, 2011 7:13 PM

This is one of the most beautiful birth stories I have ever read!! Thank you so much for sharing it and I agree the photos are incredible. I am so inspired by your strength and love. Best wishes to your new little family!!


December 01, 2011 7:15 PM

Congratulations! Your story took me back to when I had our sweet little boy - 20 months ago already!

Ummmm is it fair that you looked so good right after giving birth? Your midwife/nurses must also be professional photographers. Your photos are amazing!! You are so blessed to have such incredible photos.

December 01, 2011 7:17 PM

congratulations! what a wonderful experience :)

December 01, 2011 7:17 PM

congratulations! what a wonderful experience :)

December 01, 2011 7:30 PM

So lovely all of it, enjoy that little boi...

December 01, 2011 7:34 PM

Oh my gosh Sydney, you are amazing! I can't imagine being in labor for 9 days and then having the contraction pains and everything you did at the hospital - I was yelling for an epidural for you at my computer screen as I read this!! I am so happy everything turned out all right and that you have a beautiful baby boy. You are stronger than I ma'am; reading this makes me think twice about going through labor!

December 01, 2011 7:35 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful story and so well written, even I was relieved when you decided to get the epidural!

December 01, 2011 7:57 PM

I am bawling my eyes out right now. This story... and those photos... especially the last one. So stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with all of us.

December 01, 2011 7:58 PM

Such a beautiful story and priceless pictures, thank you for sharing!!

December 01, 2011 8:07 PM

wow that was beautiful. i'm crying right now..seriously. how silly am i. i don't even know you but wow that was beautiful and personal and i'm so happy for your growing family! you are blessed!

December 01, 2011 8:08 PM

What an amazing story! You are a superhero to go through all that pain!!

December 01, 2011 8:14 PM

Beautiful story. THis made me cry. thanks for sharing.

December 01, 2011 8:22 PM

Beautiful! This made me think of my labor with my son just a year ago. It goes by so fast, but every day is awesome! Love your blog girl....I hope Ever is doing fab! He is so handsome! Congrats Momma!

December 01, 2011 8:26 PM

Thank you so much for sharing your birthing story. I am 6 months. Reading your story had me in tears. Your honesty, courage, and sincerity about your birth plan. Really has me thinking. Its just reminding me to be open to the change in plan.

I have a midwife and hoping to have my baby at a birth center in Philly.

Thanks for sharing!!

Bless you and your family!

December 01, 2011 8:38 PM

What a beautiful story! My husband was deployed when we had our daughter, but I still (also) had a wonderful birthing experience. I am hoping when we decide to have another baby, he will be able to share it with me.

You guys are so lucky to have such a beautiful family. Congratulations!

December 01, 2011 8:39 PM

this is so sweet! (and hilarious.) i adore your sense of humor even in the tough stuff. he's so precious and i'm smitten over his name! congratulations mama!

December 01, 2011 9:00 PM

What a moving story. The pictures are just so beautiful and emotional. I can't imagine how nice it must be to have those.

Also, you look amazing even during birth.

December 01, 2011 9:23 PM

that was beautiful, thank you for sharing. the photos from your day are amazing as well, i'm sure you will treasure them forever!

December 01, 2011 9:52 PM

this story is purely beautiful, raw, and so real. thank you for sharing your personal moments with us.

we love you Syd, Tys, and E :) :P

December 01, 2011 9:59 PM

That was such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing. Congratulations, your family looks so peaceful and happy.

December 01, 2011 10:14 PM

What a beautiful story, Sydney. I teared up {a lot} while reading this! Thank you for sharing - so real and honest! May happiness continue to bless your cute little family:) You looked beautiful every step of the way! xo

December 01, 2011 10:50 PM

congrats. any woman who give birth (epidural or not) is a rock star in my book!

December 01, 2011 10:52 PM

thank you for sharing your story! i think a lot of us have gone through the wanting to go natural and then getting an epidural. I know i did the same thing. You labored much longer than I did and now you know how strong you really are. You go girl. I just hope you don't ever doubt getting the epidural. When we are in that much pain you fight what your body is trying to do regardless of how much we try to help it along. It's hard. The epdiural totally changed my labor too. I actually got to breath and enjoy what was about to happen. Lovely story. Thanks again for sharing your life and your family with us! :) God Bless.

December 01, 2011 11:23 PM

I have been crying while reading your story... it has brought into my mind the day Jon was born...
Sceptional report of a birth, so trueful...
The photos are worderful as well,
i only had one from the mobile phone and it is quite bad....


December 01, 2011 11:52 PM

I was welling up reading this, and when I got to the photos of you holding Everett, I burst into tears. You are amazing and such a true inspiration. <3 <3 <3

<3 The Daily Dani

December 02, 2011 12:24 AM

I have followed you for so long. And I was so happy when you found out you were having little Everett, but I bawled my face off reading this story. It was so amazing hearing it. Your little family is so freakin precious and adorable. I can only hope my marriage will be as blessed and happy as yours. Congratulations again he is so beautiful!

December 02, 2011 12:45 AM

Wow, I have just sobbed my heart out. What an incredible story. So honest and wonderfully written. This is easily one of my favourite blogs. You seem so nice and lovely and kind and I'm so happy that you decided to share your most precious moments with us. Thank you so much.

December 02, 2011 6:14 AM

Wow!!! So amazing! Well done for sticking it out through 9 days and 9 hours! Girl power + God power :) Thank you so much for sharing. I can imagine that you're so grateful to the nurses for taking those pictures, they're awesome (photos and nurses!)

December 02, 2011 6:49 AM

I'm not a "baby kind of girl' (yet) but this was beautiful and intense and amazing. Everything about it. i love the pictures; through every high & low. congratulations, good luck, have fun & thank you for sharing.

December 02, 2011 6:50 AM

oh the tears + joy! wow. thank you for sharing this story. beautiful. and what great pictures the nurses caught!!

December 02, 2011 7:33 AM

Wow....that was so moving. Thank you for sharing! I love your honesty about it all. Congratulations!

December 02, 2011 8:14 AM

Thank you for sharing...it was a beautiful story . So glad your dreams have come true!

December 02, 2011 8:20 AM

Sydney!! I literally have huge tears rolling down my face as I read this. Mr. Beard and I are so close to the time where we are about to embark on this same journey, and it is bringing up so much emotion and excitement for us to experience the same beautiful joys. Thanks for sharing, and you're right, your midwives were so thoughtful to capture all of the pictures of your incredible birthing story. Such a cherished gift to have, and I'm so thankful you were able to share them with us.

December 02, 2011 9:32 AM

So beautifully written. Thank you for sharing. (:

December 02, 2011 9:36 AM

I totally just cried. It may or may not have to do with the fact that I am 33 weeks pregnant and feeling this same type of excitement/trepidation right now. This is simply beautiful.

December 02, 2011 10:03 AM

Absolutely beautiful, I have been waiting for this post!! You did so well Sydney, you should be proud. I'm weirdly excited to birth my baby (i'm currently 31 weeks!)and this is a really inspirational post.

I think its good to go into that delivery room with an open mind, sometimes things don't go to plan but in actual fact they work out better than planned. Enjoy your beautiful perfect little family xx

December 02, 2011 10:16 AM

I CRIED. and I'm not a crier. but seriously...the pictures did me in. so precious. I'm SO happy for the THREE of you!! :D

December 02, 2011 10:30 AM

Oh my God, that was so beautiful that it really made me cry. I am really happy for you guys :)

December 02, 2011 11:02 AM

Precious, precious, precious! This makes my heart jump! I have three sweet babies... my third just five month old. I was thinking we were done but reading this just makes me sad to think I wound never be back in that hospital room again... as traumatizing as it can be it is worth every agonizing second when you see that tiny face for the first time. There is nothing like it... without a doubt the proudest moment of my life! Enjoy every minute with your sweet boy!

December 02, 2011 11:10 AM

Beautiful story, beautiful photos, beautiful family.


December 02, 2011 11:10 AM

One day, and one probably not too far off from today, you should write a book. God bless you and your lovely spirit. Thank you for sharing your life with us and letting us in on such an intimate experience. Wishing you all the best in your newest and greatest role. Motherhood.

December 02, 2011 11:33 AM

Such an inspiring story! Congratulations to you both!

December 02, 2011 11:37 AM

what a beautiful story!! this is soo great yet scary to read as i am 37 weeks pregnant right now!! but i am soo excited to meet my baby boy.. sooon!! :D

December 02, 2011 11:46 AM

WOW! I actually teared up while reading this. What beautiful photos to capture it all. My favorite was the one of you and Tyson at the beginning. My best friend had her baby the same day as you and went into labor about the same time as well. Halloween babies. Congratulations again, what a beautiful dream come true!

December 02, 2011 11:53 AM

i love your story, you wrote it so beautifully... made me a bit emotional as well, thank you so much for sharing!

December 02, 2011 12:23 PM

I cried reading your lovely birthing story. I am newly pregnant and can't wait to experience the overwhelming love and joy that this little nugget is going to bring to us. Many Mazel Tovs on your beautiful baby boy.

December 02, 2011 12:51 PM

Congratulations! I just bawled my eyes reading this beautiful story. Thank-you so much for sharing. The photos are beautiful. You have an adorable new son.

December 02, 2011 12:55 PM

You told your journey beautifully! I teared up.

December 02, 2011 1:22 PM

I am crying. At work. What a beautiful story. And GORGEOUS emotionally loaded pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!

December 02, 2011 1:22 PM

CRYING!! What a beautiful story, for a beautiful family! Life will never be the same...in the BEST sort of way.


December 02, 2011 1:34 PM

Such a beautiful story! Congratulations on your new bundle!

December 02, 2011 2:14 PM

Sydney -- this was truly beautiful! I actually cried a little! The pictures are so amazing! I am so happy for you and Ty!

December 02, 2011 2:47 PM

Those photos are just gorgeous! So lucky to have them :) Thank you for sharing your story.

December 02, 2011 2:48 PM

I had to hold back the tears. what a wonderful birth story and what a wonderful gift these photos are. i photographed my sister's first baby being born and it was the most special experience. so happy for you both!

December 02, 2011 3:06 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this. I have been ANXIOUSLY awaiting your birthing story! It is written so beautifully and what a blessing that the nurses took those pictures!

December 02, 2011 3:15 PM

gosh, your labor sounds an awful lot like my first son. I went with hypnobirthing, and while I was in prelabor for a solid three days I was able to use those techniques then, I was more than ready for some relief when I got to the hospital. so the epidural was heaven sent. yes, SLEEP! your pictures are amazing. really.

December 02, 2011 4:23 PM

What a great story teller you are. I can tell you did such a beautiful job of bringing that sweet boy into the world.

I don't have one yet but am a nanny and care for a 3 month old boy right now.

The best advice I can give is to experience every moment (be present) and document! Take lots of photos, videos and write things down.

You'll never know what you miss as they grow!


December 02, 2011 4:29 PM

Wow! I was only in labor for 22 1/2 hours with my first (less than five with my second) and I thought that first labor was long!

The doctor broke my water instead of sending me home, and after what you went through I am so glad he did!

Yes, those epidurals are awesome and I, too, especially loved the guy saying "Now, don't move" and you're like "Seriously?"

Congrats on that precious bundle of joy baby boy. I have two of them and they are awesome and when he is older he will start taking care of YOU!

My boys insist on holding my arm when we walk in the snow so I don't fall, tell me to let THEM carry that "heavy" box, etc. (Apparently I'm a lot older than I thought I was, lol!)

To have a baby is to forever have your heart go out in the world, wherever they go. But I wouldn't have it any other way. Congratulations!

December 02, 2011 5:22 PM

That was so beautifully written. In fact it even brought me to tears! How strong you and tyson must have been through this experience. I can't imagine how amazing it must have been to hold your sweet baby in your arms. I can't wait until that day comes for me. Thank you for sharing such a personal story with your followers. You are amazing sydney!!!

December 02, 2011 5:37 PM

Your family is to die for! congrats !!

December 02, 2011 5:40 PM

I can't believe I'm the only one to say it- and I hope you don't feel this way- but that entire story seems completely horrific. Granted, a beautiful baby as a reward- but how anyone could choose to do that twice, is astonishing to me.

December 02, 2011 6:36 PM

So thrilled for you. My little Ingrid is 8 months old - and it just keeps getting better. Congrats to you and your beautiful family.

December 02, 2011 6:45 PM

what an amazing birth story. 9 days? you deserve a lifetime achievement award. how amazing to have those pictures right after delivery... i'm sure you'll always cherish those and the memories they bring back.

December 02, 2011 7:40 PM

Congratulations!! I am happy to know from reading other comments that I am not the only person who is crying over here =)
Thank you for sharing your special moments with us!

December 02, 2011 9:42 PM

Beautiful story. I' m so happy for you. The pictures are incredible. The one of you crying while holding him, wow that is priceless and absolutely beautiful. I cried while reading and looking at those pictures. You are already such an amazing mother, your love for him radiates through your words. I wish you all the best. Everett is beautiful.

December 02, 2011 10:04 PM

"I told him he could have the next one." made me LOL...literally.

This may sound strange, but you've always looked so young on your blog. Not young in a bad way, or even in a purely physical way...just young! (We're the same age, for what it's worth :)

But now you look like a momma. You have an aura of womanly wisdom in all of these photos. Especially the last one!

So congrats, lady. (And sorry I've written a novel here!) What a wonderful gift you have given your family and the world. God bless you, Tys and little Everett.

December 03, 2011 12:16 AM

Thank you for sharing your beautiful moments of becoming a mother! Everett is gorgeous! And thank goodness for modern medicine- I have long labors like you and I am so grateful for epidurals!

December 03, 2011 12:55 AM

is it weird to say i love the pictures where you are crying and holding him? they made me cry. in the best way possible.

December 03, 2011 1:47 AM

Gosh, what a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing. I have two kids and it all just came rushing back . . Stunning photos, too. <3

December 03, 2011 1:58 AM

beautiful beautiful beautiful!!


December 03, 2011 3:29 AM

This makes me equal parts terrified and excited to have a baby of my own. The look on your face, though, when they gave him to you to hold for the first time... there really aren't any words for what I can tell you felt at that moment. Thanks for sharing :)

December 03, 2011 5:38 AM

Reading this made me cry. Brought back memories of 4 years ago when I had my precious baby girl. Thank you for sharing! It was a great start to my morning :)

December 03, 2011 8:24 AM

What a beautiful story and beautiful pictures!!!!


December 03, 2011 10:36 AM

sydney!!! those midwives did a reallllly good job because those pictures are GORGEOUS!!! so heartwarming and wonderful! we're so happy for you guys!!! if you want to come to boston and need a place to stay... we have a little living room you and your cute family can hang out in :) congrats!!!

December 03, 2011 10:45 AM

Beautiful story :) I am crying happy tears for you!

Our first is due in 5 weeks and I can only imagine how emotional and sweet it will be.


December 03, 2011 12:42 PM


December 03, 2011 1:10 PM

What an amazing post! Beautifully written...makes me even more excited to go through that journey with my husband. Loves ;-)


December 03, 2011 1:51 PM

i am not a mother. i am not married, or pregnant, or planning to be either any time soon. but THIS .. this is the most beautiful birth story i have ever heard!

thank you for sharing. xx

December 03, 2011 2:29 PM

The picture of Everett being put into your arms for the first time needs to be ENLARGED and framed!! Its BEAUTIFUL and captures those first moment perfectly.

Makes me want another baby!!

December 03, 2011 3:00 PM

So sweet!!! and of course you look GORGEOUS even after having a baby and laboring for 9 hours!!!

Love the pictures of the kangaroo care :)
I can't wait to have a baby!

December 03, 2011 3:42 PM

I have never been to your blog before and reading your experience just brought my own experiences back. Beautiful, beautiful...life is so good.

December 03, 2011 3:58 PM

This is amazing and THANK YOU so much for sharing this with me and everyone else who follows your blog. Congrats, your family is beautiful.


December 03, 2011 7:16 PM

Wow! I used to just know that I am meant to be a mother... That changed and I had decided to not have children.. Reading this amazing story of life, love, and family has reminded me of all the beautiful reasons why I want to have children in my future. Thank you for the courage you have to share these beautiful precious memories. Everett is absolutely beautiful, too.

December 04, 2011 3:03 AM

I had early labor-which was diagnosed as unproductive labor-w/ my 3 kids too. It sucks to have such hard contractions and feel like they're not doing anything b/c you're still a 1 and only 30% effaced. I swear I had an if-you-call-these-Braxton-Hicks-one-more-time-I'll-full-on-ninja-kick-you-in-the-face attitude and my doctor, thankfully, knew it. I'm so glad you didn't have to endure it for 3 more weeks like I did. It was torture, but getting the babies here is so worth it. Congratulations! Those pictures are priceless.

December 04, 2011 9:45 AM

this was one of the most open, heartfelt, and endearing posts I have ever read.

Every word of this post meant something.

You are such a sweet person. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

December 04, 2011 12:30 PM

Such a personal experience yet so appreciated that you were willing to share with all of us. Thanks for being such a strong woman!

December 04, 2011 8:03 PM

What an amazing, beautiful and honest birth story! Made me emotional to read it..
Thank you for sharing!
I had an emergency unplanned c section when my son was born, but when all was said and done and he was in my arms, i knew it didnt matter how he got here, just that he was here.
Congratulations on being a new mommy! ;)

December 04, 2011 10:15 PM

Your beautiful story made me cry. I hope that my husband will be as sweet and caring as Tys when we one day have a baby.

December 05, 2011 12:52 AM

This is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing such a personal experience with us :)

December 05, 2011 2:17 AM

I've been following your blog for a couple of years now and it's amazing how much things have changed! Your family is as beautiful as it's ever been. Congratulations!

December 05, 2011 3:20 AM

Sydney, this was honestly the most touching birth story I have ever read. And I truly think that those are the most beautiful pictures of you ever.

Well done.

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